Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lonesome George

He's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "the rarest living creature."

Lonesome George is the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise, a subspecies of tortoise native to the Galápagos Islands. He's supposedly 100 years old. He was discovered in 1971, and since has lived in Galapagos National Park under the care of scientists. For years, there were many unsuccessful attempts to get him to reproduce with similar subspecies female tortoises. This week it was reported that Lonesome George, the loneliest creature in the world, may finally become a father.

If he can do it, maybe there's hope for me and Brenda Morgenstern after all.

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